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Tough on Crime

 

New Research: "Tough on Crime" approaches harm youths and society

Peter Maloff
Texas News Service

AUSTIN, Texas -Several recent national and Texas studies warn that "tough on crime" attitudes are behind the times - and the science - when it comes to dealing with juveniles.

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Fracking lawsuit

17 Groups petition EPA for public reporting of chemical releases from fracking, other oil and gas operations

127,000 Tons of Undisclosed Hazardous Emissions: Oil and Gas Would Join Other Industries, Including Coal, That Already Report to the Toxics Release Inventory; Federal Disclosure for O&G Not Yet Required Despite Surge in Fracking Chemical Pollution.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- October 24, 2012: The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), along with 16 other local, regional, and national organizations petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”).

Today’s petition would finally make this information available for the first time to citizens, communities, and lawmakers. The full text of the petition is available online at: http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/news_reports.php

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Texas School Funding

Texas News Service

A Crowded Courtroom for Day One of TX School Funding Lawsuit

Chris Thomas

Texas News Service

AUSTIN, Texas - More than a dozen attorneys representing about 600 Texas school districts laid out their case on Monday that the state education funding system is inefficient, outmoded and favors wealthy districts over poor ones. They contend that over time, the system has eroded many students' chances of getting a good education. Five other cases have alleged as much since the 1980s. 

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Top Sex offender reward offered

Santos Francisco Sanchez

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender

 

AUSTIN –The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Santos Francisco Sanchez, 45, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a $5,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture. The Texas Syndicate gang member has a violent criminal past and is wanted for Parole Violation and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  All tips can be offered anonymously.

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Top sex offender in custody

Most Wanted Sex Offender

Most Wanted Sex Offender arrested in Austin

Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.

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Ricco Leo Torres

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Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive from El Paso

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Ricco Leo Torres, 32, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list, and a $10,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture.

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Sexual Predator Fugitive Arrested in Dallas County  

AUSTIN – Thomas Lee Elkins, 58, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Coppell on Friday by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol and Coppell Police Department. A $5,000 reward will be paid on a tip that helped lead to his arrest. Elkins was wanted for felony Failure to Comply with Civil Commitment Requirements after discarding his electronic monitoring device and leaving a Houston halfway house October 5. 

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‘Blue Watch’ Families bid Farewell to deploying Soldiers

Blue Watch couple hugs goodbye

by Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders, 504th BFSB Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Family and friends bid farewell to nearly 125 Soldiers assigned to 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, during a ceremony at West Fort Hood Gym Thursday morning, Sept. 19, marking the start of a scheduled nine month deployment to Afghanistan.

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New Legislation to Support Victims of Fort Hood Shooting

KILLEEN- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), Congressman John R. Carter (R-TX31) and Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX 25) will hold a joint press conference the morning of Monday, September 2, to announce new legislation to be introduced in both Houses of Congress that would honor and support the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

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